Blackberry Model R900M

The Blackberry is a handheld wireless Personal Data Assistant (PDA) and communication device. It has a thumb keyboard and a wheel for navigation, as opposed to using a stylus like its competitors. This unit was owned by a law firm partner who arrived at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, just minutes after the first tower was hit. Using this Blackberry, he stayed in constant communication with his staff all day until he had located everyone.
Blackberry devices were also instrumental in the publication of the Wall Street Journal on September 12, 2001. Although their offices were vacated and their staff scattered, WSJ writers were able to use their Blackberrys to write stories and submit them to editorial staff as events unfolded on September 11th.
Currently not on view
Object Name
personal digital assistant
Research In Motion
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
black (overall color)
orange (overall color)
grey (overall color)
overall: 6.2 cm x 9 cm x 2.4 cm; 2 7/16 in x 3 9/16 in x 15/16 in
United States: New York, Manhattan, World Trade Center
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Computers & Business Machines
September 11th Attacks
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Medicine and Science: Computers
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Matthew Farley

Visitor Comments

7/19/2013 10:14:01 AM
Looks so primitive, but then I guess this is all where it started. Great Stuff!!!
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